My name is Noah Nelson and I am from the small town of Taylorville, located smack dab in the middle of Illinois. Currently, I am a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in journalism with minors in political science and history. Outside of the classroom, I serve as a senior columnist for the school’s student newspaper The Daily Illini, a member of Block I and Orange Krush, the football and basketball fan clubs respectively, Star Course Concert Committee, Champaign Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists and a writer on Medium.com.
I discovered Medium less than…
He’s arguably one of the greatest writers of all-time. But Mark Twain couldn’t have spent all of his days writing could he?
No, he didn’t. He actually did more than write. He was a riverboat pilot, a book publisher, an famed orator and oh yeah, a board game inventor.
It’s difficult to believe but it’s true, though it is seemingly lost in history.
In 1883, Twain put his future bestselling novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” to rest for a while. He chose to do other things with his time, but he didn’t know what.
Around this time, he discovered…
I’m not going to beat this around the bush.
Your writing is going to suck in the beginning.
Sorry, not sorry. This is the cold, harsh truth every writer should know and experience.
It’s difficult to accept, but it’s a part of the writing life. And if you want to be a writer, then you have to accept this no matter what.
But when will our writing grow better?
Here are three ways how it can and will:
You’ve probably heard this a thousand times before, but once more won’t hurt you. Actually, it will help you.
I read about…
You want to be paid on Medium, right?
Sure you do! Everyone does! But just like in life, your Medium money won’t fall out of the sky into your hands.
You have to work for it.
Whether you’re a new writer on Medium or one who has been here a while, the following tips are a kickstart to earning more money on the platform.
This can’t be said any better.
Medium allows everyone to write whatever they want to, no matter the subject matter or skill level. …
High school is a time for everyone to explore American literature classics that have defined generations and become the so-called “great American novel.” While many of them are great, there ate some much better than others.
After reading a great amount of them in high school, the following three have resonated with me all these later.
This classic novel takes place in the fictional small town of Macomb, Alabama during the years of the Great Depression. It follows little Scout, a daring and confident girl who finds herself in the midst of several issues.
Between the rumors of recluse Boo…
When I decided to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I knew something felt right about doing so. I don’t know what it was, but I felt at home.
Now, in my senior year at the University, I’ve been learning so much about the alumni who have come before me.
The list includes the following:
University alumni have also founded various well-known companies:
How many times in recent days, months, and years have you done something just for the pure joy of it?
If you answer to yourself not many and not as much as you should, you need to rethink a few things. Life is too short to be living it not doing what we want to do.
Instead, do something for the pure joy of it. Here’s why you should:
You want to be happy, don’t you? I know I do. …
Telling a story passes the time
So long as you know how to rhyme
If you have a tale and the will to tell it
Don’t let yourself forget all about it
What will happen?
Who will we meet?
It’s all in the story
I can’t wait to read
It’s a daring adventure
A love tale for the soul
It makes us feel all close to home
Telling a story is our way to be
It’s truly the best thing for you and me
If you know me, then you know I love Taylor Swift. Her artistry, character, music, and so much more are reasons why she will always be one my favorite artists of all-time.
But which songs of hers are the best?
Here are my top 10 list in no particular order:
Who doesn’t love this song?
It’s the story of a fictional Romeo and Juliet with a happy ending. I mean, how much more iconic and wonderful can a song be?
This tune has become a staple in Swift’s career as she has performed on almost every tour and anywhere else…
Every American should know all of the men who have served as President of the United States. But you may not know much about their children.
Over the years, presidential children have made their own marks on the world. Who knows, maybe a museum will be built in their name someday.
Here are 3 presidential children you should know:
Abraham Lincoln is hands down one of the most famous presidents if not people who have ever walked across the planet. But did you know his oldest son Robert lived a full life too?
After his father passed away, Robert mostly…